Nutrition Consultations

We will work closely with you

We know there is more to food than nourishment. We are here to support people with feeding tubes the way they want to be supported to meet their nutritional needs, gain independence and strength, and feel confident in social interactions around food. 

For those who have a new feeding tube: Leaving hospital with a short- or long-term feeding tube can be quite overwhelming as you adjust to this new way of eating. We are here to bridge that gap between hospital and home.

For those who have had a feeding tube for a while: We can guide you to better manage your tube food to suit a new lifestyle, changing medical treatment, bowel habit concerns, holiday planning, or simply give you more energy throughout the day.

For those trying to wean off their feeding tube and eat more: If safe to do so, we will work with you, your carers, your Speech Pathologist, and your doctor to facilitate a smooth transition from tube feeding to oral diet. 

For those interested in homemade blended tube feeding formula: We know homemade tube feeding formula has a bad rap. But we, along with the science, disagree. Homemade blended formulas can be safe and nutritionally adequate as food cooked to be eaten through the mouth. So if blending a home cooked meal to be put through your feeding tube is what you want, let’s make it happen.

We offer home visits and virtual consultations. For those living in Victoria, Australia we aim to provide at least 2 home visits a year.

So you’ve decided we are the right fit, what happens next?

Refer

Make a referral through our website or email us on admin@tubedietitian.com

Receive a call back

Receive an email or call back within 2 business days from us so we better understand you or clients nutrition goals

Complete paperwork

We will then send you a service agreement contract and a safe home visiting checklist to complete

First consultation

Within 2-3 weeks from the referral point, we would have conducted our first nutrition consultation either virtually or in person

Email us anytime

Need to trouble shoot what to do if your having bowel trouble or you run out of formula? We’ll be there to help. We know things can take an unpredicted turn so you can email us anytime and expect a response within 2 days

We will work closely with your care team

 

Nutrition affects all aspects of someone’s life so we believe collaboration with other health professionals involved with our clients is essential to us providing responsive, excellent, and person-centered nutrition care. So expect us to ask who else is involved, and with permission, connect with them.

We will:

write update letters to your GP, Private Specialist, hospital Specialist or dietitian, or whoever else we share your care with

write NDIS advocacy letters to ensure you have adequate capacity building and core consumables funding

connect you to a community nursing service that is fluent in stoma and tube care

meet with your Gastroenterologist, Speech Pathologist, Endocrinologist, Physiotherapist, or other specialists as needed

attend care team meetings as often as required

develop tailored homemade blended tube feeding recipes that your support carers can cook

Fee structure

  • There will be no out of pocket expenses for those with a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Plan or a Transport Accident Commission (TAC) Plan.
  • Rebates for dietitian cover exist through most private insurance companies. The exact amount depends on your cover type. Please speak to your insurer. A gap fee may or may not apply depending on your cover type.
  • For those who have a Chronic Disease Management (CDM) Plan or an Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) Plan, payment will need to be made directly in full but then Medicare will rebate you $55.10 per Dietitian consultation for up to 5 consults a year. Please speak to your GP to find out if you are eligible for these plans.